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Morrison, Hegar get ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work in the Legislature

By BY DIANNA WRAY
Jan. 11, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2011 at 7:11 p.m.

Geanie Morrison

State Rep. Geanie Morrison was surrounded by family and friends as she was sworn in at the start of the state's 82nd Legislative Session on Tuesday.

The first day of the legislative session is all about getting organized and getting set to face the challenges of the coming 140 days, said Morrison, a Republican from Victoria.

"It's exhilarating to walk onto the floor and take your place in your seat and be sworn in, in front of all of your family and friends," Morrison said.

Morrison said she is honored to serve her constituents again. She is beginning her seventh term as representative of District 30 that includes DeWitt, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties.

State Sen. Glen Hegar said he was thrilled to be back in the Capitol for the new session.

"I tell my kindergartner that it's like going back to school," said Hegar, a Republican from Katy, whose District 18 includes most of the Crossroads area.

This year, as head of the Sunset Commission, Hegar said he is looking forward to finishing up the work of reviewing state agencies. Hegar and his fellow committee members have spent a year and a half reviewing the agencies, and making recommendations. Now, Hegar said he's got his work cut out for him, guiding those agencies through the renewal process during the legislative term.

However, the state budget will be the focus, Morrison and Hegar agreed.

"We need to get in there and figure out how to get the essential services we need and the programs that we can cut," Morrison said.

Hegar said that looking at the state budget in terms of the difficult economic times the state, the nation and the globe has been experiencing can be a good thing.

"Going through a tough economic time isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's a time to figure out what is important to keep and what we need to give up," Hegar said.

Hegar said he was excited and ready to get to work.

"I really do enjoy the opportunity to serve my constituents ... It's a big honor with a lot of responsibilities," Hegar said.

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